Venice Entertainment

Venice Entertainment

"Venice masks"While Venice is a buzzing, vibrant hub of activity during daylight hours, many guests are surprised to find that the city is really rather quiet at night. Some folks are happy to take twilight gondola rides with their sweetheart or wander the streets of old Venice as the sun sets; however, if that’s a little too low-key for you, you’ll be happy to find that there’s plenty more to do in this lovely, historic city. From live shows to nightlife to full-blown festivals, Venice has something to fit your fancy. Here are some of our recommendations.

While Venice is a buzzing, vibrant hub of activity during daylight hours, many guests are surprised to find that the city is really rather quiet at night. Some folks are happy to take twilight gondola rides with their sweetheart or wander the streets of old Venice as the sun sets; however, if that’s a little too low-key for you, you’ll be happy to find that there’s plenty more to do in this lovely, historic city. From live shows to nightlife to full-blown festivals, Venice has something to fit your fancy. Here are some of our recommendations:

Nightlife

As Jeff Booth, travel writer and photographer has wisely said, “Venice nightlife is less about a specific bar and more about which campo to congregate in, and none is more lively for the late night crowd than Campo Santa Margherita.” And he’s absolutely right. This is one of the spots to be for a really great time. Stop in at the trendy Caffe Rosso, then sip cocktails at Orange before heading out to dance.

If you’re looking for a really cool bar-restaurant setting that caters to a young, stylish crowd and late hours, make sure to stop in at the Centrale Restaurant Lounge. The ultra-modern décor, black leather couches and scenic canal views are complemented by great house DJs and really great drinks.

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Theater, Music and Dance

La Fenice opera house unfortunately burned to the ground a few years back, but it has been restored to its former glory, complete with ornate gilding and lavish pastels. The theater itself is worth a visit just to take a gander at the impressive interior; however, the famous opera house also puts on regular performances of ballet, symphony and opera – and even a jazz show from time to time.

The Teatro Fondamenta Nuove offers a more unique experience. Their dance and music events are anything but mainstream, which really makes the theater stand out in old-school, conservative Venice. Shows – and their prices – vary quite a bit, but you can expect anything from modern choreography to audiovisual performance art to readings in Italian or English.

Nightly opera performances in the Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto should definitely be on your list. The audience follows the singers from one 15th-century frescoed room to the next, providing both a visual and audible delight to guests.

Festivals

While you’ll have to plan your trip carefully to hit specific festivals, the experiences will last you a lifetime. Carnevale kicks off about ten days before Lent and draws thousands of international visitors to its costume parades, firework displays, balls, and concerts. The Regata Storica is held on the first Sunday of September and commemorates the welcome of Caterina Cornaro, the Queen of Cyprus with costumed processions of boats followed by rowing races. These are just a couple of the fabulous festivals that take place in Venice throughout the year; however, each is unique and definitely worth experiencing.

Accommodation

Once enjoying the great entertainment options that the city has to offer, it is a great idea to rent holiday apartments in Venice. This lodging option is the most convenient when one is looking for a nice intimate vacation break.

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